Remembering Mets History: (2006) Mets Sweep the L.A. Dodgers Three Straight In the NLDS

Willie Randolph's 2006 New York Mets were in first place almost the entire season. They had won 97 games (97-650 finishing 12 games up on the Philadelphia Phillies.

The offense was led by sluggers; Carlos Beltran 41 HRs ,116 RBIs / Carlos Delgado 38 HRs, 114 RBIs & David Wright had 26 HRs,114 RBIs, & a .311 batting average. Jose Reyes hit .300 & stole a league leading 64 bases.

But the Mets entered the post season with a depleted pitching staff. Pedro Martinez (9-8 / 4.48 ERA) was down due to injury. Then Orlando Hernandez (9-7 / 4.09 ERA) went down in a pre game work out  & was also going to miss the post season. New York still had their pair of 15 game winners; Tom Glavine (15-7 / 3.82 ERA) & Steve Trachsel (15-8 / 4.97 ERA. The solid bullpen was led by closer Billy Wagner (40 saves / 2.24 ERA).

Game #1 of the NLDS opened up at Shea Stadium with a reved up crowd of 56,979. John Maine stepped up in the spotlight and went six innings allowing only a run on six hits with five strike outs. He left the game with a secure with a 4-1 lead. 

In the Dodger 2nd inning, he had a bit of trouble as Jeff Kent & J.D. Drew both singled. Then on a most bizarre play, both runners tried to score when catcher; Russell Martin singled to right field. Paul LoDuca got the throw & tagged both runners out at the plate, one after the next, for a very strange double play. 

Marlon Anderson doubled & brought in the first run of the game 1-0 Dodgers.

In the home 4th, the Mets got a pair of solo HRs off pitcher; Derek Lowe. Carlos Delgado & Cliff Floyd both delivered to the delight of the Shea Faithful. In the 6th, Paul Loduca & Carlos Delgado both singled off Lowe. David Wright then doubled bringing both runners home, 4-1 Mets.

Mets reliever; Guillermo Mota, had an easy 6th inning in relief but in the 7th he fell apart. He gave up three hits, first a single to Marlon Anderson, then Wilson Betemit reached on an error. After striking out Julio Lugo he served up a single to Rafael Furcal &  a game tying double to Nomar Garciapara. 

The Mets came back after the 7th inning stretch, reliever Brad Penny walked Jose Reyes & Carlos Beltran. Carlos Delgado then singled putting the Mets ahead. David Wright followed with a double, putting New York ahead 6-4. 

A shaky Billy Wagner 9th finished it off 6-5, with the Mets up 1-0 in the NLDS.

2006 NLCS Game #2- Shea Stadium New York:  Centerfieldmaz was one hand at Shea, with 57,029 fans for Game #2. In his first post season as a New York Met, Tom Glavine stepped up with a fine performance aIn six innings, he shut out the Dodgers, allowing just four hits with two strike outs & a pair of walks.

Pedro Feliciano & Billy Wagner both threw scoreless innings, it was only Aaron Heilman who allowed the Dodgers lone run. An 8th inning solo HR to Wilson Betemit.
In the 3rd, Endy Chavez singled & advanced on a wild pitch. Tom Glavine grounded out advancing Chavez to third, he scored on Jose Reyes' ground out as well. 

In the 5th, Jose Valentin walked & Endy Chavez singled. Glavine sacrificed & Jose Reyes was walked to load the bases. Paul LoDuca's sac fly gave New York it's second run.

centerfieldmaz with "UF" - 2006 NLCS Game #2

In the home 6th, David Wright & Cliff Floyd singled. Jose Valentin reached on an error. Pinch hitter; Julio Franco grounded out to short but Floyd scored making it 3-0. A Jose Reyes' single scored Valentin, making it 4-1 which was the final. It was off to sunny Los Angeles up two games to none.

2006 NLCS Game #3: Dodger Stadium- Los Angeles, California: 

Todays pitchers were Steve Trachsel against Greg Maddox. The Mets easily finished off the series sweep as manager Willie Randolph used seven pitchers to get the job done. The Mets scored three runs out of the gate in the 1st inning. 

Paul LoDuca walked, & then there were five straight singles, with David Wright, Cliff Floyd & Sean Green all driving in runs, making it  3-0 Mets.

In the 3rd, Cliff Floyd singled with two outs, then a Sean Green's double gave the Mets a 4-1 lead. But the bullpen was shaky after Trachsel left the game in the 5th inning. Pitchers, Darrin Oliver, Chad Bradford & Pedro Feliciano blew the lead. Jeff Kent hit a two run HR off Oliver & Feliciano walked James Loney with the bases loaded.

But the Mets came right back in the top of the 6th. Sean Green doubled & pinch hitter Michael Tucker drew a walk off Jonathon Broxton. Three straight singles from Jose Reyes, Paul LoDuca & Carlos Beltran made it 7-5 Mets. 

In the 8th, the Mets got Brett Tomko for two more runs, Chris Woodward doubled & was brought in by LoDuca. After Beltran walked, Carlos Delgado reached on a Wilson Betemit error, and LoDuca scampered home for the final run. 

In the 9th, Billy Wagner struck out Russel Martin & Betemit to start the inning. After a base hit to James Loney, he closed out the Series sweep getting Ramon Martinez to foul out. The Mets celebrated getting to their first NLCS in six years. It was onto the NLCS to meet the St. Louis Cardinals.


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